University of Connecticut

Organized by:
University of Connecticut

Participating Organizations:

Town of Mansfield Youth Services (Mansfield, CT)

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Other
  • Other: After-School Community Program

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • Middle school students(6-8)

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

Our event took place in a community center that has regular after-school meetings with participants ages 5-12. The kids were split into groups and rotated through activity “stations”. The first station consisted of a “brain hat” building activity, which kids were able to learn about the four lobes of the brain, while cutting a paper template that was taped together to make a brain hat (see pictures). The second station was a “neuron building” activity, in which students were given snack and candy options that fit together to build a representation of the neuron (soma, axon, terminals, dendrites, nucleus, etc.; see pictures). They got to eat the neuron afterwards! The last station was students working together to play the game Suspend, which is a game that requires coordination, balance, and focus, all skills that you need your brain to facilitate. Overall, the participants really enjoyed the activities and we are excited to host an event again next year!

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails

Other Publicity Methods:

N/A - our event was private and only open to the participants of the after-school community program.


Of the Dana Foundation publications/resources distributed at your event(s), if any, please indicate the three most popular. Please choose up to three. If "other," please indicate below:

  • BAW Stickers
  • Brain-shaped Erasers
  • The Mindboggling Workbook

What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?

  • Mindboggling Coloring Sheets
  • Brain Briefs Fact Sheets
  • The Five Senses Coloring Sheets

What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?

  • New Lesson Plans
  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Puzzles/Games

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

The child participants and their parents really loved the event. The social workers that organize the group that we were a part of thanked us many times, as they had parents asking questions and wanting more information to take home for days after the event took place. Everyone that was involved said they would love to participate again next year, as BAW events really make learning about the brain a fun experience.

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Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

More pictures of activities and lessons would be nice.

Event Photos

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Contact Information

BAW Website:


Contact Name:

Renee Rotolo

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